HOLLAND, Mich. – The Calvin women's swimming and diving team remained in first place after the third day of the four-day MIAA Championships at the Holland Community Aquatic Center. The Knights recorded one victory on Friday to finish the day with 571 points. Kalamazoo passed the Flying Dutch to take second place at 458 points; Hope is in third place at 426 points.
"Our 200 medley had a great performance," said head coach Dan Gelderloos. "I was really pleased with them. The highlight of the night was our 200 freestyle, to take the top-three spots was impressive. Our depth has been key for us this year and it was again tonight."
The evening started with a third-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay. The team of freshman Abbey Wellman (Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point), freshman Anna Kutschke (Manistee, Mich./Manistee), freshman Emily Gunderson (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer), and junior Abby Van Harn (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian) clocked in a season-best time of 1:46.87.
Freshman Emily Slenk (Zeeland, Mich./Holland Christian) was the fastest Knight in the 400-yard individual medley in fifth place at 4:47.08. In sixth place was sophomore Kendall Murphy (Modesto, Calif./home school) at 4:50.25.
Emily Gunderson recorded the ninth-fastest 100-yard butterfly time in school history with a sixth-place finish at 59.51.
The Knights dominated the 200-yard freestyle on Friday with a 1-2-3 finish. Abby Van Harn led the way with a season-best time of 1:51.58. Sophomore Anna Serino (Pinckney, Mich./Pinckney) had the fourth-fastest time in school history at 1:52.91. In third place was freshman Libby Engle (Troy, Mich./Troy) with a season-best time of 1:56.37.
Junior Klara Oh (Kent, Wash./home school) was the fastest Calvin swimmer in the 100-yard breaststroke. Oh touched the wall at 1:09.77 to finish in sixth place. In seventh place was senior Adrienne Wesselius (Sioux City, Iowa/Unity Christian) at 1:11.16 and Anna Kutschke was in eighth at 1:12.16.
Calvin was able to get four swimmers into the 100-yard backstroke finals. Abbey Wellman was the fastest Knight in fourth place at 59.14. Wellman had the fourth-fastest time in school history in the prelims at 58.82. Sophomore Madelyn Smith (Allegan, Mich./Allegan) had the seventh-fastest time in school history in sixth place at 59.46. In seventh place was sophomore Daniella Sugijanto (Walnut Creek, Calif./Northgate) at 1:01.54 and freshman Sydney Boyer (Bristol, Ind./Northridge) checked in at 1:01.69 to finish in eighth place.
The MIAA Championships resume on Saturday for the final day of competition.